has a long history of trying to make Jewish observance fun for children, a tactic well-documented in a recent book
about the history of the movement. Comic strips played a major role, and for more than twenty-five years now, one of the most popular characters has been Shpy, a detective who solves crimes and resolves holiday mysteries. His arch-nemesis is Yetzer Hora
, and his assistants include Agent 613. Until now, the strip's author was unknown to the wider world. Turns out
, it's Al Jaffee of Mad Magazine.
In Montana, a rabbi is an unusual sight. So when a Hasidic one walked into the State Capitol last December, with his long beard, black hat and long black coat, a police officer grabbed his bomb-sniffing German shepherd and went to ask the exotic visitor a few questions. [more inside]